Clinton Thompson manslaughter indictment unsealed

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A sealed indictment for a charge of manslaughter has now been unsealed, and it confirms a Wichita Falls man is charged for the 2012 shooting death of the man in which he claimed self-defense.

Clinton Thompson was arrested Friday.

The indictment states a Wichita County Grand Jury in January indicted Thompson in connection with the death of Rocky Buckley. According to the indictment, Thompson recklessly caused the death of Buckley “by discharging  a firearm at or in the direction of Rocky Buckley.”

Thompson will have a pre-trial hearing on May 23 at 9 a.m. in 89th District Court.

On July 26, 2012, Buckley was shot and killed in Thompson’s driveway as Buckley’s teenage daughter sat waiting in his vehicle. Buckley’s widow said he went to Thompson’s house to pick up a cooler. Buckley was shot twice.

At that time, Thompson claimed he feared for his safety after an argument and a grand jury chose not to indict him at the time.

Thompson has only one conviction in the past for possession of an unlawful weapon in 2007. However, in 2017, he was arrested in connection with an incident of alleged road rage, in which police said he became upset with another driver, got out and pointed a gun at the driver.

No conviction is recorded for that arrest. 

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